Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: October 29, 2021
The Westmont Fire Department reminds residents that when you change your clock for daylight savings time on Sunday, November 7, then it is also time to change the batteries in all your smoke detectors.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that between 2012 and 2016 three in five home fire deaths occurred in homes that either did not have smoke alarms or the alarms did not work. Almost half of the non-working smoke alarms either had missing or disconnected batteries. Dead batteries caused nearly a quarter of smoke alarm failures.
Illinois law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one alarm on each floor of the home.
The NFPA provides the following tips for installation and maintenance of smoke alarms:
The Westmont Fire Department offers free smoke detectors for Wesmont residents of single family homes or townhomes who need them. For more information, please contact Chris Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-981-6424.